Patents Represented by Attorney Nixon and Vanderhye
  • Patent number: 8350775
    Abstract: An improved antenna arrangement includes a reflector arrangement comprising a printed circuit board with an electrically conductive ground plane. The reflector arrangement also has a reflector frame with a coupling surface. The coupling surface is capacitively coupled to the ground plane. The coupling surface has a recess via which the ground plane, which is located underneath it, and/or the printed circuit board or an isolating intermediate layer which is provided above the ground plane or an isolating intermediate layer which is provided above the printed circuit board is exposed. The at least one antenna element arrangement is positioned and/or held on the printed circuit board in the area of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kathrein-Werke KG
    Inventors: Johann Obermaier, Matthias Riedel, Stephen John Saddington
  • Patent number: 8351648
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided to control an angle of a light axis of light from headlights mounted on a vehicle. In the apparatus, images of a field of view in front of the vehicle are captured, and the captured images are used to detect taillights of a preceding vehicle. A illumination target position is set by using, as a positional reference, a position of the detected taillights in the captured images, and the angle of the light axis so that the light axis is directed to the illumination target position. The command is provided to an angle changing device, where the provided command depends on the angle calculated. The angle changing device changes the direction of the light axis of the light at an angle commanded by the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Kamioka, Yasutoshi Horii, Junichi Hasegawa, Kenji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8349623
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a thin film photoelectric conversion module comprising the steps of: (A) forming a plurality of divided strings by dividing a string, in which thin film photoelectric conversion elements provided by sequentially laminating a first electrode layer, a photoelectric conversion layer and a second electrode layer on the surface of an insulating substrate are electrically connected in series, into a plurality of strings by dividing grooves, electrically insulating and separating the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer one from the other and extending in a serial connection direction; and (B) performing reverse biasing by applying a reverse bias voltage to each of thin film photoelectric conversion elements of the divided string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinsuke Tachibana, Takanori Nakano
  • Patent number: 8350910
    Abstract: An optical device for motor vehicles, designed to detect the condition of the road surface, comprises a unit for the emission of electromagnetic radiation in the direction of the road surface to be detected, a receiving unit coupled to an optical element for focusing the radiation back-diffused by the road surface and an electronic control and processing unit for receiving signals at output from said receiving unit and for processing them in order to determine the condition of the road surface, on the basis of a reference map. Appearing in said map are the values of the intensity of radiation Iref back-reflected at a reference wavelength and at least one second wavelength. The map is divided into subareas identified beforehand as corresponding to the different conditions of the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: C.R.F. Società Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Davide Capello, Nereo Pallaro, Luca Liotti, Luca Guglielmetto
  • Patent number: 8352814
    Abstract: An electronic control apparatus comprises a nonvolatile memory, operating means, determining means and retrying means. The nonvolatile memory stores predetermined data and has a memory region which is divided into a plurality of sub-regions. The operating means executes a check operation for each of the sub-regions in order to check whether the data stored in the nonvolatile memory are normal or not. The determining means determines whether the check operation has detected any data errors. The retrying means allows the operating means to retry the check operation for a predetermined number of times for the sub-regions that have been determined to be in data error by the determining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Masashige Takasu
  • Patent number: 8349503
    Abstract: A nonaqueous electrolyte battery, including a case, a positive electrode housed in the case, a negative electrode housed in the case, and a nonaqueous electrolyte containing an ionic liquid and lithium ions of which molar amount is no smaller than 1.8×10?5 mol per mAh of the battery capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hidesato Saruwatari, Takashi Kishi, Takashi Kuboki, Norio Takami
  • Patent number: 8351164
    Abstract: An example magnetoresistive element includes a first magnetic layer whose magnetization direction is substantially pinned toward one direction; a second magnetic layer whose magnetization direction is changed in response to an external magnetic field; and a spacer layer. At least one of the first magnetic layer and the second magnetic layer includes a magnetic compound layer including a magnetic compound that is expressed by M1aM2bOc (where 5?a?68, 10?b?73, and 22?c?85). M1 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Co, Fe, and Ni. M2 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ti, V, and Cr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Fuji, Hideaki Fukuzawa, Hiromi Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8350510
    Abstract: In a voltage booster apparatus, a charge control transistor is turned on to charge a coil output capacitor and a booster output capacitor and then turned off, thereby confirming rise of a coil output voltage and a booster output voltage. A power supply relay is turned on to restore a booster operation thereby to check rise of the booster output voltage. If both of a step-up FET and a step-down FET are not in short-circuit failure, ON state of the power supply relay is fixed thereby to restore a power steering system operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Terumoto Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 8348076
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes a main frame and at least one pivotable side wall that is pivotable between a collapsed position and an opened position. The pivotable side wall is provided with a spring lock insert secured therein and biased toward a lock position in which a lock portion of the spring lock insert extends beyond an end edge of the pivotable side wall. The main frame includes a latch opening that receives the spring lock insert when the pivotable side wall is in the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Monoflo International, Inc.
    Inventors: Henning Rader, Hans Niemann
  • Patent number: 8352727
    Abstract: A basic idea of this system is to separate ordered delivery data and unordered delivery data in a security protocol running on top of a reliable transport protocol, and perform a first type of security processing for ordered delivery data and a second different type of security processing for unordered delivery data in the security protocol. Preferably, data messages using ordered delivery and data messages using unordered delivery within a secure data stream are separated into two message sequence spaces on the security protocol layer, and data security processing is then performed differently in these two spaces. This system is particularly suitable for a reliable transport protocol such as SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol). The security protocol running on top of the transport protocol is preferably based on the TLS (Transport Layer Security) or a TLS-like protocol with a security processing extension for unordered delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Ta-wei Chen, Karl Norrman
  • Patent number: 8348575
    Abstract: A self-countersinking screw (10) is capable of full penetration into wood, plastic veneered wood, and cementaceous products. An alternating sequence of peripheral cutters (A, B) extend from the periphery of the underside of the screw head (11), acting in conjunction with countersink cutting edges (24) and debris receiving recesses (20). Cutter (A) has an arcuate notch (30) in the cutting face (28), cutter (B) has a rectangular notch (31) in the trailing edge. Full countersinking without tearing, cracking or dimpling of the surface is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Mirco Walther
  • Patent number: 8347728
    Abstract: An integrated circuit 2 is formed of multiple wafer layers 4, 6, 8, 10 arranged in a stack and connected with through silicon vias 12. Mechanical strain sensors 26, 28, 30, 32 in the form of ring oscillators are provided proximal to the through silicon vias 12 and detect mechanical strain associated with the through silicon via 12. The measured mechanical strain may be used to dynamically adjust operating parameters of the integrated circuit either as a whole or in regions where the mechanical strain is detected. The operating parameters adjusted can include clock frequency, operating voltage and heat generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventor: Robert Campbell Aitken
  • Patent number: 8350830
    Abstract: A game system as an information processing system includes a game apparatus and a controller, and the controller is attached with an attachment device. The controller images an image including infrared rays output from markers arranged on a monitor through a half mirror integrated in the attachment device. Furthermore, the controller images an image including an infrared ray from a pen input device reflected by the half mirror via a touch panel. In the former, the controller functions as an input device for a direct coordinate input, and in the latter, the controller functions as a pen tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Hosoi, Yasuyuki Shimohata, Toru Yamashita, Ryoji Kuroda
  • Patent number: 8349947
    Abstract: Process for polymerising, in a loop reactor, at least one olefin monomer in a liquid diluent to produce a slurry comprising solid particulate olefin polymer and said diluent, wherein the ratio between the actual volumetric solids concentration of the slurry and the maximum possible geometric volume solids concentration of the slurry as measured by the bulk density of an unpacked settled bed of particles, SVCR, is V*0.065 or greater, and the ratio of the cumulative settling distance of an average size particle at any point in the reactor in any direction perpendicular to the direction of the flow, to the internal diameter of the loop reactor, is maintained below [0.084*(V?6.62)+(0.69?SVCR)* 1.666], where V is the circulation velocity of the slurry in m/s and “cumulative settling distance” is defined as the cumulative distance, expressed as a fraction of the diameter, travelled by a particle in any direction perpendicular to the direction of the flow since the previous upstream pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ineos Manufacturing Belgium NV
    Inventor: Daniel Marissal
  • Patent number: 8348734
    Abstract: A game system moves a player character in a virtual game space in accordance with an operation by a player. Further, the player character's moving amount per predetermined unit time is detected at each predetermined time interval. A predetermined parameter (gage amount) value is calculated at each predetermined time interval based on the moving amount detected at each predetermined time interval. Also, the game system adds the predetermined parameter value calculated at each predetermined time interval for accumulation. In response to a predetermined operation performed by the player, the game system causes the player character to perform a predetermined motion (e.g., special shot) on a condition such that a value obtained as a result of the addition reaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takahashi, Shugo Takahashi, Haruki Kodera, Yusuke Sugimoto, Toru Takamatsu, Toshiharu Izuno
  • Patent number: 8348627
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hydraulic pump for use in driving a load with a control modulation system which modulates a primary control signal in order to accommodate variations in secondary changeable parameters which require control at a higher frequency or have a lower latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd
    Inventors: William Hugh Salvin Rampen, Uwe Bernhard Pascal Stein, Michael Richard Fielding, Niall Caldwell
  • Patent number: 8351334
    Abstract: The present invention relates to quality-based scheduling of data in wireless networks. In this scheduling, quality information representing the degree of decodability of previously transmitted but not correctly received and not successfully decoded data packets is estimated in receiving communications nodes. This quality information is reported back to the node that transmitted the packet. The quality information will be used by the transmitting node when scheduling subsequent data transmissions. In this scheduling process, at least one of selection of: i) receiving node(s), to which a second data packet is to be forwarded; ii) a type of the data in the second packet; and/or iii) a data flow, to which the second packet belongs, is performed based on the quality information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Peter Larsson, Niklas Johansson, Michael Meyer
  • Patent number: 8347827
    Abstract: A system for generating steam for a turbine of an electric generator includes a superheater that receives steam from a boiler and that superheats the steam. All or a portion of the superheated steam from the superheater is then passed through a heat exchanger to transfer some of the heat energy in the superheated steam to a flow of water. This reduces a temperature of the superheated steam to a temperature that is suitable for the turbine. The water heated in the heat exchanger can be condensed water that has already passed through the turbine, and the water heated in the heat exchanger can be routed to the boiler, where it is re-cycled back into steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Travaly, Jonathan Marmillo
  • Patent number: D673961
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Matsui, Kazuhiko Koriyama
  • Patent number: D674080
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukishige Shiraichi, Masaki Ohtsuka, Masaya Takahashi